A new finished vehicle service in Italy is promising direct delivery of vehicles from manufacturers to dealerships through the country as well as offering value-added ancillary services including pre-delivery inspection (PDI).
Called CarGoLog, the company was founded in 2009 but has expanded during 2011 to include finished vehicle delivery services from a facility in Arese near Milan. The company is headed by Alberto Tresoldi, former managing director of the automotive division at Sada Group, one of Italy’s leading logistics providers.
CarGoLog said it offers domestic and international transport with its own fleet and through the use of subcontractors. It will also handle the organisation of trains and intermodal transport.
The company has invested around $3.5m in a fleet of 50 car carriers, predominantly from equipment supplier Rolfo, and has recruited 250 owner-operator drivers.
CarGoLog is reported to have signed contracts with Fiat and Ford for the service and distribution of vehicles from the Arese site to dealerships in Italy.
For Ford, the company is receiving vehicles shipped from the carmaker’s Genk plant in Belgium.
In terms of compound management, CarGoLog said it would provide storage, PDI and body shop services, as well as track and trace.
The company is also reported to be opening a second facility in Sacconago to receive vehicles shipped by rail by TrenItalia from Fiat factories in Pomigliano d’Arco and Val di Sangro.
CarGoLog has forecast a turnover of €6m in 2012.
Ford renews fleet contract with DHL’s Inside Track
Ford has renewed its contract with DHL Supply Chain’s automotive marketing and event support arm, Inside Track, for the management of its Fleet Demonstrator programme.
Inside Track is designed to encourage interest in new and existing business customers in Ford’s latest product range through extended test drives.
DHL will manage all aspects of the programme, including customer booking, delivery and collection, vehicle conditioning and fleet management. Through Inside Track it will focus on improving service levels to those customers to enhance the booking, delivery and aftersales activity. It builds on Inside Track’s recent deployment of new PDA technology across its operation, saving time for customers by allowing them to track the status of their delivery online.
“We are proud of the quality and consistency of service that we have delivered to Ford Motor Company over the years, and look forward to building on this,” said Colin Stokes, managing director of Inside Track. “We are confident that the implementation of new technologies and innovative solutions will ensure Ford Motor Company retains a market leading customer experience within the fleet and business sector, and are delighted to be continuing our partnership.”
Norbert Dentressangle launches airfreight service
Norbert Dentressangle’s freight forwarding division – Norbert Dentressangle Overseas – has launched ‘Red Sky Connect’, an end-to-end airfreight service covering the world’s four major trading regions.
The company said it is launching six initial routes, connecting China to Europe and the Americas, Latin America to Europe and the US, and the US to Europe, with further routes due to be added as the network continues to expand.
Under the new service, Norbert Dentressangle offers supplier consolidations at origin, customs management and daily direct and indirect flights, providing a secure and reliable service, managed by a single partner. For European destinations, the company can also provide onward distribution through its established road transport network, offering a genuinely door-to-door service.
Dave Barron, global commercial director, Norbert Dentressangle Overseas said: “The launch of the new service is part of our strategy to develop our activities on the major ND Overseas trade lanes to support our clients in their key markets.”
Everywoman awards finalists announced
The finalists of the 2012 MAN Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards have been announced with a strong showing from Ceva Logistics, which has employees nominated in the Rising Star of the Year, Industry Trainer of the Year and Green Champion categories. The logistics provider is also sponsoring the Team Leader of the Year award.
The UK-based awards are held annually to recognise the contribution and raise awareness of women in the transport and logistics sector, as well as demonstrate that the industry is one in which women can pursue fulfilling careers.
Ceva’s Jurgita Andrijauskaite, e-sourcing manager, Global Procurement, and Anisa Missaghi, global communications manager, have both been nominated for the Rising Star of the Year Award. Joanne Griffiths, senior general manager, Training and Quality at the company has been nominated as an Industry Trainer of the Year and environmental advisor Stephanie Unitt, has been nominated for the Green Champion Award.
DHL Supply Chain, which is sponsoring the Green Champion Award, also has good representation this year in the Warehousing and Team Leader categories. Meanwhile, TNT has employees nominated for the Director of the Year, Industry Trainer and Team Leader categories.
“Yet again, we are bowled over by the quality of our finalists and hope they show others what fantastic opportunities there are for women looking for a varied and challenging career,” said Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman. “We undertook research last year through the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Leadership Academy which found that 84% of respondents felt the industry fulfils their career aspirations, proving that this non-traditional sector offers fantastic opportunities for women.”
The winners will be announced on the 17th May this year at luncheon ceremony held at The Savoy in London. Further information on the awards is available here http://www.everywoman.com/tlawards/about